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Sanctuary Sunday has been named by the Diocese of Leeds and Ripon as Sunday 14th July, but actually can happen at any time it suits you!

Sanctuary Sunday is an opportunity for church congregations and other faith groups to focus their Sunday service on the issue of sanctuary, and to reflect on how we can all contribute to creating a culture of welcome and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees in our communities.

Sanctuary Sunday is taking place on Sunday 14th July 2013 and your congregation is warmly invited to take part on this Sunday or on a more appropriate day for your faith group.

Leeds Churches Together in Mission have put together an excellent resource (available to download here) which is now available for any church group – and can be adapted by other faith groups and in other cities. It contains resources and ideas from various organisations and individuals, and is intended to be a helpful resource in planning church services for Sanctuary Sunday.

Sanctuary Sunday is raising awareness of Refugee and Asylum seeker issues and is an initiative of City of Sanctuary. It would be great to know if you will mark Sanctuary Sunday during your service on the 14th July this year, and/or if your place of worship would like to sign up as a Church or faith group of Sanctuary. Please do get in touch with Leeds City of Sanctuary to let us know if you are planning to hold a service or for more information [email protected]

You can find our Sanctuary Sunday Resource Pack on our Useful Downloads page